Overhauls for All: Our Restaurant Roll Call for January 2015

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Rioja
A trio of popular restaurants are undergoing major overhauls. On January 9, Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch closed Rioja, which had marked its tenth anniversary in November, for an overhaul that will be revealed on February 4, when they reopen the Larimer Square favorite. Up in LoHi, Z Cuisine owner/chef Patrick Dupays closed his spot after the holidays to make some long-planned changes to the dining room. With the bar at À Côté two doors down still open and serving the full Z Cuisine menu to regulars, Dupays says he's not in a rush to reopen the main restaurant. "I'm still French," he explains. "I'm taking my time to do things."

Alex Seidel is definitely on the fast track with the remodeling job at Fruition, which closed this week for a renovation that will be revealed on February 6, the eighth anniversary of the restaurant's opening. Keep reading for more restaurant action in January.

See also: Restaurant Roll Call for 2014

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You'll Always Have Paris -- If You Buy a Piece of the Iconic Coffeehouse Tomorrow

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Westword
Paris on the Platte on its last day.
The sad news traveled fast: Paris on the Platte would pour its last cup of coffee on January 17. Former and current regulars hurried over to say goodbye to Faye Maguire, who'd opened the coffeehouse 28 years ago, when that stretch of Platte Street was almost a no man's land (although there did happen to be a newspaper office -- ours -- on the corner). And the memories started pouring out, including a lovely piece from Bree Davies, who went to Paris as a teenager to smoke cigarettes and dream big dreams.

But if you want to remember Paris on the Platte with more than memories, head to its former home tomorrow.

See also: Paris on the Platte Will Close Today

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Copper Door Coffee Makes Its Home in the Quiet Montclair Neighborhood

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Kristin Pazulski
When Hannah Ulbrich decided to go back to work full time after a few years as a stay-at-home mom and adjunct literature professor, she was presented with an opportunity by her friend Sinjin Eberle, then owner of Copper Door Coffee Roasters. When he mentioned one day that he was planning to sell the cafe, she thought, "That's my path, that's it, that's what I want to do."

See also: Cafe of the Week: Spend the Day Hooked on Colfax

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Hatred Is Not on the List of Ingredients at Azucar Bakery

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Mark Antonation
Azucar Peruvian Bakery on South Broadway.
Azucar Bakery, which sells custom-made cakes and other confections for special occasions as well as traditional Peruvian treats from owner Marjorie Silva's homeland, recently received a notice from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) stating that a religious discrimination complaint had been filed against the bakery.

The complaint stems from an incident that occurred last spring, when a man came into the shop and requested a bible-shaped cake with anti-gay messages written in frosting. On January 14, Out Front magazine reported that the yet-to-be-identified man came into to bakery three separate times in one day, and eventually was asked to leave by Silva and her brother, whom she called in out of concern for her own safety. According to Out Front and a reply Silva sent to DORA, she never refused service, instead offering a blank, bible-shaped cake and the equipment needed to pipe his own messages onto the cake.

See also: Masterpiece Cakeshop: Commission sides with gay couple who say bakery discriminated

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Two Rivers Coffee in Arvada Reopens After Move to Larger Cafe

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Christian Anderson
Two Rivers Coffee closed its doors in Arvada last weekend, but only to open a new, larger location a few doors down on Saturday in the same shopping center. Two Rivers shares the strip with Natural Grocers and Great Harvest Bread Co.; owner Eric Yochim says the trio of businesses are creating a high-end specialty shopping experience similar to something you'd find in Denver. "This is so good in Arvada. They want access to good coffee as much as people in Denver," he says.

See also: Two Rivers Coffee in Arvada pours an excellent cup of Joe

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Tavern Hospitality Group Takes on Chopper's, Opening Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Monday

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Danielle Lirette
Looking good! The deck at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Get ready for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the latest watering hole from Tavern Hospitality Group. But the spot, which officially opens January 19 in the up-and-coming Prospect Park, right at 29th Avenue and Huron Street, is not another Tavern -- though it has a great rooftop deck, a Tavern hallmark. Instead, it's a new kind of neighborhood gathering place, with an emphasis on whiskey (and lots of it) and a small but smart menu created by Justin Brunson of Masterpiece Deli and Old Major.

See also: Tavern Platt Park Will Finally Start Construction in January 2014

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High Fives, not Wi-fi, at Two Pablo's Coffee Cafes

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Kristin Pazulski
The lounge at Pablo's 6th Avenue location.
Walking into Pablo's Coffee cafe in the Alamo Placita neighborhood, you'll notice the noise: not that it's too loud, but it's louder than other cafes because everyone is talking -- to the baristas, to each other, and to strangers. There are a few people on computers or reading, but for the most part, the patrons are catching up with someone. That's what happens when you're in the rare cafe without wi-fi.

See also: Photos: Pablo's Coffee now pouring on Penn

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Shipp Brothers Buy Majority Ownership of Wazee Supper Club

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The original Wazee Supper Club sign.
The Wazee Supper Club turned forty last fall. It predates all the hipness, all the gentrification of LoDo -- in fact, it predates when lower downtown was tagged with that nickname. Over the years, the Wazee has been a neighborhood hangout for everyone from artists to sports fans to Westword staffers (our office was once upstairs). It's seen some famous faces -- including President Barack Obama last year -- and has even been owned by one, John Hickenlooper. And now it has a new batch of owners: the Shipp brothers, who now own seventeen restaurants, including Reiver's, Spanky's Urban Roadhouse, Hodsons and the four Dusty Boot locations.

See also: Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll Talks About Wazee Supper Club's Fortieth Anniversary

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Nick's Cafe Celebrates Elvis's 80th Birthday With a Visit From the Wall Street Journal

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Elvis lives on at Nick's Cafe in Lakewood.
Elvis Presley would have turned 80 today were he still alive, but at Nick's Cafe in Lakewood, the King lives on, fueled by memorabilia and anecdotes from owner Nick Andurlakis. Andurlakis, whose claim to fame is a hand in the creation of the Fool's Gold Loaf at the long gone Colorado Mine Company, has run Nick's Cafe for the past 28 years, attracting Elvis fans as well as those just looking for an honest meal. Another recent visitor was Charles Passy of the Wall Street Journal, whose story in today's WSJ features the infamous sandwich and Andurlakis's role in luring Elvis to Denver.

See also: Elvis's beloved Fool's Gold Loaf sandwich was born in Denver

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Eat Like Buffalo Bill at a Celebration of His Life, and Death, at Lola

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Westword
Buffalo Bill slept here -- for a long time.
In November Steve Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, visited Lola, whose space in the former Olinger's mortuary building at 1575 Boulder Street includes the place where William F. Cody's body was put on ice after he died on January 10, 1917, until the ground on Lookout Mountain thawed enough for his burial there.

See also: Brunch at Lola Is a LoHi Tradition

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